Brazil’s well being regulator accredited the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine Friday to be used in kids aged 12 and up, although they may doubtless have to attend months in line for older age teams to be vaccinated first.
Hit exhausting by the pandemic, Brazil joins international locations together with the US, Uruguay and Chile in extending vaccination to minors.
Nevertheless, provide points imply the transfer is principally symbolic for now.
Brazil’s Covid-19 vaccination drive, which started in January, has been hit by shortages and delays.
Round 11 % of the nation’s 212 million individuals have been absolutely vaccinated up to now.
Cities resembling Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro have solely just lately completed vaccinating precedence teams resembling well being staff and the aged.
They’re now vaccinating the final inhabitants in descending order by age, and are at the moment immunizing individuals of their 50s.
The well being regulator, Anvisa, mentioned the approval was based mostly on research by Pfizer that “indicated the vaccine’s security and effectiveness for this age group.”
Along with the US pharmaceutical large’s vaccine, developed with German agency BioNTech, Brazil is at the moment utilizing the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine and Chinese language-developed CoronaVac.
Regulators have additionally accredited the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, however the authorities has not but reached a deal to buy it.
Brazil has struggled to supply sufficient vaccine doses.
Far-right President Jair Bolsonaro faces criticism for refusing presents of vaccines final 12 months, together with from Pfizer, and as a substitute pushing the ineffective treatment chloroquine towards Covid-19.
The pandemic has claimed greater than 480,000 lives in Brazil, second solely to the US.
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